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recondite

[rek-uh n-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt] /ˈrɛk ənˌdaɪt, rɪˈkɒn daɪt/
adjective
1.
dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter:
a recondite treatise.
2.
beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric:
recondite principles.
3.
little known; obscure:
a recondite fact.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; earlier recondit < Latin reconditus recondite, hidden (orig. past participle of recondere to hide), equivalent to re- re- + cond(ere) to bring together (con- con- + -dere to put) + -itus -ite2
Related forms
reconditely, adverb
reconditeness, noun
unrecondite, adjective
Synonyms
2. deep. 3. mysterious, occult, secret.
Antonyms
2. exoteric. 3. well-known.
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British Dictionary definitions for reconditeness

recondite

/rɪˈkɒndaɪt; ˈrɛkənˌdaɪt/
adjective
1.
requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
2.
dealing with abstruse or profound subjects
Derived Forms
reconditely, adverb
reconditeness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin reconditus hidden away, from re- + condere to conceal
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Word Origin and History for reconditeness

recondite

adj.

1640s, "removed or hidden from view," from Old French recondit, from Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere "store away, hide, conceal, put back again, put up again, lay up," from re- "away, back" (see re-) + condere "to store, hide, put together," from con- "together" (see con-) + -dere "to put, place," comb. form of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Meaning "removed from ordinary understanding, profound" is from 1650s; of writers or sources, "obscure," it is recorded from 1817.

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